Items for the Community Calendar may be emailed to jill.ritchie@examiner.net or mailed to: The Examiner, 410 S. Liberty St., Independence, MO 64050, attention Jill Ritchie. Also, check the calendar online at examiner.net. 

FRIDAY, APRIL 7

• Rain Barrel Workshop planned for April 15, 10 a.m., Wilbur Young Park, Shelter 1, 1100 S.E. Adams Dairy Pkwy., Blue Springs. Join Blue Springs Parks & Recreation and Bridging the Gap to learn about water conservation. All participants will receive a 55-gallon barrel, the Rain Barrel Parks Package and hands-on instruction to build a barrel you can take home. Cost, $65. Registration deadline: April 7. Call 228-0137 to register.

• “Return to the Forbidden Planet,” performed by City Theatre of Independence, 8 p.m., Powerhouse Theatre, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. This play is a juke box musical packed with rock 'n' roll classics. Tickets are $14 for adults; $12 for seniors. For tickets, visit www.citytheatreofindependence.org or call 325-7367.

• “Little Shop of Horrors,” presented by Grain Valley High School, 7 p.m., at the high school, 551 S.W. Eagles Pkwy. Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults, and may be purchased at the door.

• Full Moon Hike planned for April 8, 8 p.m., George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road, Independence. You'll be able to hike on an easy paved trail to see the Pink Moon. Trails are stroller and wheelchair accessible Reservations deadline: 5 p.m. April 7. For reservations, call 325-7115.

• Lenten Fish Dinner, sponsored by Knights of Columbus, Council 6794, in Independence, 5 to 7:30 p.m., at St. Mark's Parish Center, 3736 Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Menu: Choice of entree, glazed baked salmon or battered white fish, and choice of rice pilaf, baked potato or macaroni and cheese. All dinners include coleslaw, green beans, roll and a drink. Desserts sold separately. The cost is $11 for adults, $5 for ages 4 to 10, and ages 3 and under eat free.

• Lenten Fish Dinners, 5 to 7 p.m., Catholic Church of the Santa Fe, 231 S. Sibley, Buckner. The menu includes all-you-can-eat fried or baked fish, with potatoes, vegetable, dessert and drink for $9; $8 for seniors and $5 for children. 650-9341.

• Lenten Fish Dinners, 4:30 to 7 p.m., St. Ann’s Church, Cedar and Lexington avenues, Independence. Menu: Shrimp, catfish, tilapia, french fries, boiled potatoes, coleslaw, hush puppies and corn bread. Drinks are included with dinner.

Dinner prices range from $9.50 to $11; fish sandwich/fries, $4. Desserts sold separately by the Altar Society. 252-1160.

• Lenten Fish Dinner, 5 to 7:30 p.m., St. Margaret’s Catholic Church, 777 N.E. Blackwell Road, Lee’s Summit. Menu: Grilled and fried fish, fish tacos and shrimp, also grilled cheese sandwich. All meals come with two sides, a roll and a drink. Dinners prices range from $9 to $12, and kids 4 and under eat free (macaroni/cheese and grilled cheese sandwich). Small dinner (½ size serving): $6 to $9. Take out orders available. 246-6800.

• Shepherd's Center of Independence: Adventures in Learning for Senior Adults, Christ United Methodist Church, 14506 E. 39th St., Independence. Registration and blood pressure checks, coffee and fellowship, 8:30 to 9 a.m. Workshops: 9 a.m., travel by Dean Hubbard, “Top of the Rock”; 10 a.m., “Art of Racing in the Rain” book review with Angie Hattie; 11 a.m., health care with Rebecca Smith from Crossroads; 11 a.m., Tai Chi with Master Konrad Smith; 10-11:50 a.m., Dominoes or bridge; lunch is at noon. Lunch cost, $5, registration fee, $1. To register, call 350-4474.

• Internet Safety, for adults, 2 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Find out how to protect yourself while surfing the internet. Learn the typical hazards encountered online and how to proactively keep your information safe. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050.

• Homeschoolers at the Library, for ages 7 and older, 2 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Participants will explore a variety of topics with an emphasis on using Library resources to satisfy their curiosities. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Beginning Genealogy, for beginners, 10 a.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Learn the basics of genealogical research from census records to organization tips. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

• Drop-In Table Tennis, 9 a.m. to noon, Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Cost, $2. 325-7843.

• Friday Night Specials, 6 to 9 p.m., Memorial Post 3976, 12810 Kentucky Road, Sugar Creek. All welcome. 461-2636.

• Encore Theatre meeting, 1:30 p.m., Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. Adults 50 and older are invited to join this fun-loving group who are interested in all aspects of theatre. 

APRIL 8

• Festival of Color Youth Art Show, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. Six high schools will be participating and there will be more than 370 pieces of art to view and appreciate. The show is presented by the Citizen’s Civic and Cultural Committee and the Independence Parks and Recreation Department.

• Easter Eggstravaganza, 10 a.m. to noon, Rotary Park at Railroad Lake, 600 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Meet the Easter Bunny and hunt for eggs filled with candy and toys. Enjoy a train ride around the park, visit with live bunnies and animals, face painting, crafts and more. Egg hunts and times: Ages 2 and under, 10:30 a.m.; 3-4 years, 10:45 a.m.; 5-6 years, 11:15 a.m.; 7-10 years, 11:30 a.m. For questions, call 228-0137.

• A Day of Giving for Blue Springs High Schools – Scooter’s Coffee, 1116 S.W. Missouri 7, Blue Springs, will host this special day for the second year in a row. All proceeds from the day’s sales will be donated to sending the schools’ football teams on a service trip to build homes in Jamaica.

• Dazzling Dogs, Dinner and Bingo, an Animals Best Friends Fundraiser, 5 p.m. dinner; 6 p.m. canine fashion show; 7 p.m. bingo, National Guard Armory, 2323 S. Crysler Ave., Independence. For $10, you'll receive dinner, dessert, drink and one bingo card. Additional bingo cards are available for a $1 donation each and raffle tickets are $1 each or $5 for six.

• Easter Eggstravaganza, 9 to 11:30 a.m., Beacon Heights Community of Christ, 19402 E. Holke Road, Independence. Free events include an indoor egg hunt, a visit from the Bunny for pictures, crafts and face painting. For questions, call Larry Martin at 550-4429 or Lddsmartin@att.net.

• “Little Shop of Horrors,” presented by Grain Valley High School, 7 p.m., at the high school, 551 S.W. Eagles Pkwy. Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults, and may be purchased at the door.

• “Return to the Forbidden Planet,” performed by City Theatre of Independence, 8 p.m., Powerhouse Theatre, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. This play is a juke box musical packed with rock 'n' roll classics. Tickets are $14 for adults; $12 for seniors. For tickets, visit www.citytheatreofindependence.org or call 325-7367.

• All For The Children, 10 a.m., MCC-Blue River Arts and Sciences building, 20301 E. Missouri 78, Independence. This fun fair and family resource event includes a huge Easter egg hunt, and free dental screenings and self-defense classes for the kids. For questions, contact Kim Glackin at kimberly.glackin@mcckc.edu or 520-8318.

• CAPA Shopping Day, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., The Second Chance Store, 11415 E. 23rd St., Independence. Enjoy great deals on all new merchandise, including electronics, clothing and home decor. Mention “CAPA” at the register and a portion of the sales will benefit its child abuse prevention efforts. For questions, call 888.3149.

• Let's Move! Saturdays in Blue Springs, 10 a.m. to noon, free range balls and instructions, Adams Point Golf Course, 1400 N.E. Coronado Drive; and 7 to 9 p.m., open roller skating, Rink Ratz, 513 S.W. Keystone Drive. Both activities are free.

• Church Women United Spring Fling, 10 to 4 p.m., Good Shepherd Community of Christ Church, 4341 Blue Ridge Blvd., Kansas City. This craft show, bake sale and hot dog/chili event will benefit Church Women United's scholarship fund. 651-9528.

• Wildflower Hike, 11 a.m. to noon, Fairmount Park playground, 3000 N. Home Ave., Independence. This hike will follow the sidewalk, but also go into the woods. This is not a strenuous hike, but the park is hilly and some trails might be muddy, so wear sturdy shoes.

• Red Hot Raku and Chili Night, 5 to 9 p.m., 323Clay, 323 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Glaze and fire a piece of pottery and enjoy a chili dinner and drinks. Fun for the whole family. Cost, $25 per person. Tickets available at www.323Clay.com. For questions, call 254-7552.

• American Legion Dance, 7 to 10:30 p.m.; doors open at 5:30 p.m., American Legion Post 21, 16701 E. U.S. 40, Independence. Music by The Reddymen Band. Free dance lessons beginning at 6 p.m. Food, beverages, and snacks available. Admission, $7. Open to the public. 373-0221.

• Bird Watching on Water, for all ages, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. We will hike to a small cattail pond and the Burr Oak Woods Education pond to watch for birds that like to be near water. Binoculars are available to borrow. Moderate hiking off trail will be involved. No registration required. 228-3766.

• Play and Learn Time, for ages 3 and older, 10 a.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. There will be stimulating and fun activities, as well as an opportunity to meet other preschoolers and their parents. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Chess Free Play, for teens, 1 p.m., Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. Play chess, learn the basics, brush up on your chess skills, challenge other players at the library. Offered in collaboration with the Raytown High School Chess Team coaches. Chess boards and chess pieces provided. Free, but registration is required, call 353-2052.

• Harry S Truman Chapter, Missouri Society Sons of the American Revolution, 9:15 a.m., BMO Harris, N.A. Bank, 18811 Valley View Pkwy., Independence. Call 373-5309 or email GroverSAR@aol.com.

• Blue Springs Chapter DAR, 9:30-10 a.m. hospitality/continental breakfast; 10 a.m. meeting/program, Blue Springs Country Club. Honors and awards meeting-student recognition: DAR Good Citizen Essay and Scholarship award; American History Essay Contest winner. Cost, $12. Guests welcome. For reservations or information, contact Phyllis Wilkins at 229-0742 or pwilk@aol.com.

• Xi Xi Sigma to meet at Cracker Barrel at 9:30 a.m. to carpool to Union Station for Pompeii Exhibit. Lunch following at location to be announced. 

APRIL 9

• Palm Sunday Procession – The procession will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Westminster Hall parking lot, 417 W. Lexington Ave., Independence. Come a few minutes before to see the donkey and snap a picture. Following the donkey and waving palms, folks from First Christian and First Presbyterian churches will be joined by people coming from the First Baptist and First United Methodist congregations. They will be met at the Courthouse by people from Liberty Street Community of Christ and St. Luke’s United Church of Christ. A brief service will be held on the steps before participates return to their home congregations for worship. All are welcome to participate.

• Festival of Color Youth Art Show, noon to 4 p.m., Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. Six high schools will be participating and there will be more than 370 pieces of art to view and appreciate. The show is presented by the Citizen’s Civic and Cultural Committee and the Independence Parks and Recreation Department.

• “Return to the Forbidden Planet,” performed by City Theatre of Independence, 2 p.m., Powerhouse Theatre, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. This play is a juke box musical packed with rock 'n' roll classics. Tickets are $14 for adults; $12 for seniors. For tickets, visit www.citytheatreofindependence.org or call 325-7367.

• Tea Dance, 2 to 4:30 p.m., Vesper Hall, 400 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Music by the Joe Walker Dance Band. You're welcome to bring snacks to share. Admission, $6. Open to the public. 650-5400.

• Food Truck Workshop, sponsored by North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, beginning at 11 a.m., held at the Ennovation Center, 201 N. Forest Ave., Independence. Learn the business of food trucks from the experts. This 5-hour workshop will walk you through the steps of opening your own food truck business. Come ready to learn about health departments, truck build out, branding, advertising, and financial statements. Sample food truck cuisine and tour a food truck. Register at www.mymcpl.org/events/calendar/food-truck-workshop. 252-0950.

• Chair Yoga, for adults, 2 p.m. April 9, 16 and 23, North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. If you have always wanted to try yoga, but have trouble getting up and down off the floor, this 3-week class is for you. Get comfortable with yoga by learning basic poses, simple breathing exercises, slow-paced stretching, and easy relaxation techniques. All levels welcome. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Learn to square dance, 2 p.m., in Independence. Free lessons will be offered for ages 8 and older. Have fun and meet new friends. Couples, families and singles welcome. Call Brad and Annette Davis at 254-5305 for information. 

APRIL 10

• Summer Vegetable Gardening Success, sponsored by St. Paul Community Garden, 7 p.m., St. Paul United Methodist Church, 3601 S. Sterling Ave., Independence. Many vegetables grow well in hot, humid Missouri summers. Learn what kinds to grow and how to grow them. If weather permits, part of the class will be hands-in. Class taught by University of Missouri Extension Horticulture Educator Cathy Bylinoswski.

• Martial Arts, for ages 4 to 6, 5:30 to 6 p.m. Mondays/Wednesdays, April 10-May 17, Excel Family Martial Arts, Blue Springs. Cost, $46.75. This class will focus on physical fitness, self-defense and flexibility training. Uniforms provided. To register, call 228-0137.

• Cravings, Sugar, and Emotional Eating, for adults, 7 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Discover why you crave certain foods, what triggers your cravings, and the role your emotions play in the process. Certified health coach Nancy Oglesby shares helpful steps to prevent cravings as well as tools to address them when they happen. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Stand and Deliver: Public Speaking for Teens, 7 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Public speaking does not have to be a heart-stopping experience. Learn the principles you need to speak just about anywhere and to anyone with confidence and style. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• Using Your iPad for the First Time, for adults, 3 p.m., Colbern Road Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 1000 N.E. Colbern Road, Lee's Summit. Learn some of the basic tips and tricks for using an iPad. Bring your tablet, if possible. Free, but registration is required, call 525-9924.

• Census Records Research, for beginners, 10 a.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Learn how to locate and search thousands of family and local history books as well as the U.S. Federal Census. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

• Drop-In Table Tennis, 2 to 4 p.m., Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Cost, $2. 325-7843.

• Single Mom’s Group, a non-denominational Christian group, 6 to 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 400 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Dinner and child care included. Free. Call Debra Williamson at 392-5433.

• Tirey J. Ford Post 21 American Legion Bingo, doors open at 4 p.m.; bingo starts at 6:30 p.m. at the post hall, 16701 East U.S. 40, Independence. 373-0221.

• Lions Club meeting, 6:30 p.m., Hy-Vee, 4545 S. Noland Road, Independence.

• Independence Garden Club meeting, 6:30 p.m., Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, 4th floor, Independence. Master Gardener Terri Davis presents a program on “Spring Garden Preparation.” Light refreshments served. Visitors welcome. Call Don Bjuland at 461-4948.

• Xi Xi Sigma attends Beta Sigma Phi City Council meeting, 7 p.m. Meet at 5:45 p.m. for dinner at Courthouse Exchange on the Independence Square. 

APRIL 11

• Blue Ribbon Business After Hours, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., The Pharaoh Theater, 114 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Join CAPA and the Independence Chamber for an After Hours event and be the first to see the agency's new film on the big screen. Free. For questions, call 252-8388, ext. 313, or email events@capacares.org. To register, visit https://blueribbonafterhours.eventbrite.com.

• Martial Arts, for ages 7 and older, 5:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays/Thursdays, April 11-May 18, Excel Family Martial Arts, Blue Springs. Cost, $46.75. This class will focus on physical fitness, self-defense and flexibility training. Uniforms provided. To register, call 228-0137.

• Babes in the Woods: Splash Like a Frog, for babes under 36 months, 10 to 11 a.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. We’ll gather to experience how frogs and toads grow up. Water is an important part of that process. We will play, splash and learn! Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766.

• Conservation Kids Club: Amphibian Survey, for ages 7 to 13, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Frogs and toads create a beautiful spring chorus that scientists can use to determine which species live in a particular habitat. We will learn some amphibian calls and then head outside to discover who lives at Burr Oak Woods. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766.

• Drop-In Table Tennis, 9 to 11:45 a.m., Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Cost, $2. 325-7843.

• Tirey J. Ford Post 21 American Legion Bingo, doors open at 4 p.m.; bingo starts at 6:30 p.m. at the post hall, 16701 East U.S. 40, Independence. 373-0221.

• Party Bridge, 12:30 to 4 p.m., Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Use Pleasant Street entrance. For details, call 252-6251.

• Santa Fe Trail Republican Women's Club, an educational group for women of all ages interested in learning more about politics. Joy Freeland, 478-2449. 

APRIL 12

• The Mile Starts Here, 9 a.m., McCoy Park, 800 N. Bess Truman Pkwy., Independence. Meet at the gazebo across the street from the park and the tennis courts. Come meet others who enjoy being active. For questions, call the Independence Health Department at 325-7185.

• Minecraft Engineering planned for April 14, 9 a.m. to noon for ages 5 to 7; 1 to 4 p.m. for ages 8 to 12, Blue Springs Fieldhouse. Bring Minecraft to life using LEGOs. Cost, $28. Registration deadline: April 12. Call 228-0137 to register.

• Drumm Farm Market, 4 to 7 p.m., Drumm Farm, 3210 Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Like them at www.Facebook.com/Drummforkids. For questions, call 373-3434.

• Little Acorns: Important Pollinators, for ages 3 to 5, 10 to 11 a.m., Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Learn what your life would be like without pollinators in this hands-on, interactive program. Free, but registration is required, call 228-3766.

• Beginning Word, for adults, 7 p.m., North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. Learn how to create, save, and print a document. Free, but registration is required, call 252-0950.

• Independence AFS Chapter meeting, 7 p.m., Fort Osage High School Library, Missouri 7 and Twyman Road, Independence. Meet the 15 Independence AFS students, host families and their friends. The program includes presentations from Beam Temudompark of Thailans; Mikel Casado of Spain, and Atsuki Ito of Japan. Call 254-8105 for more information.

• How Jackson County’s History Relates to American History, for adults, 7 p.m., South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St. Jackson County has been significantly impacting American history for nearly 200 years, from the trails that led people west to the life and times of Harry S. Truman. Join local historian David W. Jackson as he discusses Jackson County history and how we are all helping shape history today. Free, but registration is required, call 461-2050.

• Adoptees: Search for Your Biological Parents, for adults, 6:30 p.m. April 12 and 19, Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7. Dorene Johnson, adoptee and author of A Missing Piece of the Pie: Finding Myself After Adoption, shares her journey to find her birth parents and helps fellow adoptees ask key questions to create a solid foundation before embarking on their own search. This program is two sessions. Free, but registration is required, call 229-3571.

• This is Kansas City Storytime, for all ages, 10 a.m., Colbern Road Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 1000 N.E. Colbern Road, Lee's Summit. Author Angela Kmeck introduces children to the art and landmarks of their hometown when she shares her book This is Kansas City, illustrated by John Hare. Along with the storytime, children will learn how the book was created and draw their favorite part of Kansas City. Free, but registration is required, call 525-9924.

• Using Findmypast, for beginners, 7 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Learn to search billions of records to find your ancestors from all over the world. This class focuses on search tips as well as the types of records available. Free, but registration is required, call 252-7228.

• Drop-In Table Tennis, 9 a.m. to noon, Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Cost, $2. 325-7843.

• Xi Xi Sigma meeting, 6 p.m., Melissa Decker will host and give program. Chapter will honor Legacy, Ella Fisher, Granddaughter of member, Nancy Fisher. Meeting place to be announced.

• Lions Club meeting, 7 a.m., Englewood Cafe, 10904 E. Winner Road, Independence.

• Buckner VFW Post 8101 Bingo, 7 p.m., 95 Baker Street, Buckner. There is a $15 cost and a sliding scale for payouts that depends on the number of players.

• Al-Anon meeting, 10 a.m., Blue Ridge Trinity Lutheran Church, 5757 Blue Ridge Blvd., Raytown. Come to lower level back door, there is parking at the back. 353-5446.

• Civil War Round Table of Western Missouri membership meeting, 7 p.m., Village Heights Community of Christ Fellowship Hall, 1009 Farview Drive, Independence. Robert Walz presents “Railroad Generalship – Foundations of Civil War Strategy.” Walz, not only a train enthusiast, is a teacher of strategy at the Army's Command and General Staff College at Leavenworth. All are welcome. Mike Calvert, 898-2603 or Beverly Shaw, 225-7944. 

ONGOING EVENTS

• Vaile Mansion tours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays, through October, located at 1500 N. Liberty St., Independence. Admission: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; $3 for ages 6 to 16. 325-7430. 

• Bingham-Waggoner Estate tours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays, through October, located at 313 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Admission: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; $3 for ages 6 to 16. 461-3491. 

• 1827 Log Courthouse, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday through October, 107 W. Kansas Ave., Independence. Open by appointment after 2 p.m. Call 325-7890. 

• 1859 Jail & Marshal's Home Museum, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays, through October, 217 N. Main St., Independence. Admission: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; $3 for ages 6 to 16. 461-1897. 

• Chicago & Alton Depot, 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Monday, Thursday-Saturday; 12:30 to 4:15 p.m. Sundays, through October, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Donations welcome. 325-7955. 

• National Frontier Trails Museum, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sundays, 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. Admission: $6 for adults; $5 for ages 62 and older; $3 for ages 6 to 17. 325-7575. 

• Leila’s Hair Museum, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1333 S. Noland Road, Independence. Admission: $15 for adults; $7.50 for ages 65 and older and children 12 and under. 833-2955. 

• Regional Animal Shelter, noon-8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday/Sunday, 21001 E. Hwy. 78, Independence. 621-7722. 

• Public Skate, Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, 19100 E. Valley View Pkwy., Independence. Public sessions are open to skaters of all ages and skill levels. These sessions take place at various times and are usually two hours long. Cost, $5; $3 for 12 and under and 55 and older, non-residents add $1 to each price. Skate rental, $2. For times, call the Skating Hotline: 795-7577. 

• Blue Springs Recycling, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, 2725 N.W. Park Road. For questions, call 228-0228 or visit www.bluespringsgov.com/recycling. 

– Jillayne Ritchie